Taiwan Church News
March 24 - March 30, 2014
Editorial: When The Righteous Are In Authority, The People Rejoice
"Wielding their blades threatening to kill anyone on their way, a band of gangster in their flags of "Kim", "Ma" and "Jiang" roam across the town showing their muscle. Those who are patronized and benefited under these bad guys give their enthusiastic support and try to get more crumbs falling from their table. Most innocent people feel furious, yet their sporadic resistance amounts to nothing. Like an army invades into a no-man land, with the applaud by the locally privileged agent and merchant, this band of gangster arrogantly order the whole town to submit their precious treasures as trophy. To everybody's surprise, some children and juvenile rise up without any weapon to bite those gangsters' hands and fight with them. The adult are greatly encouraged to join and fight back. Suddenly the conciliatory atmosphere to cope with the gangster's blackmail go down, it seems the dawn of victory via the peaceful and non-violent way is feasible...". Hi, everyone, this is the story very similar to our Taiwan society. How and where the story will go and end up, it depends on your writing and action!
Let's retrieve so many protests within the last year: forced demolition of Ta-pu Chang Pharmacy and Hwa-kuan Community, training abuse of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu, power abuse of Special Investigation Division, BOT scandal of the traditional preserve land in Thao the Aboriginal, anti-graveyard movement of Katibu tribe(Puyuma) and Kararuan tribe(Amis), anti-nuclear movement across Taiwan, the stigmatized prosecution and government's civil lawsuits against the lay-off workers and etc, either we sigh in sadness or yell on the street, this government just got paralyzed without a bit of sympathy. Until the 30 seconds' brutal legalization of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, a bill relevant to millions of service labor yet without any due process in the so-called holy but actually sanguinary congress, hundreds of young students wary about Taiwan's future practiced their civil disobdience to occupy the parliament from March 18. Later, thousands of students and professors from colleges and universities flocked around the congress to demonstrate their protest.
At the very beginning of this event of occupying the congress, PCT General Assembly together with pastors and evangelists from local PCT churches and youth ministry went into the congress and join the occupying demonstration with students. Students of three PCT seminaries and the students of Ever Green Fellowship(Student Fellowship in PCT Youth Ministry) also took part into this protest.
PCT, therefore, expressed her statement about this historical event as follows:
" The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) affirms the non-violent action of many students who based on their conscience, occupied the Legislative Yuan on the evening of 18 March 2014. Their motivation is to demonstrate their love for Taiwan and protect Taiwan’s democracy against the government’s lack of transparency; this student movement is symbolically known as the “Black Box” in Taiwan.
At the same time, the PCT affirms the support of countless students, civil organizations and political parties from across the island which also joined in this protracted struggle. These initiatives created a momentous opportunity for Taiwan’s democratization, heightened the concern for Taiwan’s public affairs, and prevented using the economy and commerce to threaten Taiwan’s independence and sovereignty.
The PCT’s deep concern for Taiwan’s future is rooted in its faith. On August 16, 1977, it issued “The PCT Statement on Human Rights” stressing that Taiwan must be a new independent nation and that this future must be based on a national plebiscite. This position is also based on the PCT Confession of Faith which states that “the church is called through love and suffering to become a sign of hope”. Many of PCT leaders and members participate in these demonstrations and activities to witness to their faith and to protect and preserve our country—Taiwan.
Our church, therefore:
1. Affirm the students to continue their non-violent public demonstration requesting the Ma Ying-Jeou administration to rescind the trade and service pact in respect of Taiwan’s democratic rule.
2. Appeals to all the PCT leaders and members to take concrete action to participate in activities that protect and preserve Taiwan’s democracy; and to continue to pray fervently for all the young students, civil organizations and the general public involved in the demonstrations.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.